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Strymon seeks to correct these headaches with a combination of modern and old-school technologies. Their aim was to design a digital chip that recreates the entire analog bucket-brigade chip—tonal nuances and all—and that drastically increases delay time. Strymon calls the technology dBucket, and they’re using it in three of their five pedals in an attempt to combine the best of the analog and digital worlds. Here we’ll take a look at all three dBucket pedals—the Brigadier Delay, the Orbit Flanger, and the Ola Chorus & Vibrato—as well as the gorgeous-sounding Blue Sky Reverberator. Each features an attractive, anodized-aluminum case, front panel jacks, and a 9-volt DC adapter socket.
Brigadier dBucket Delay
|Download Example 1
Long Delay, No Bucket Loss, Min Mod
|Download Example 2
Short Delay, 3/4 Bucket Loss, Max Mod
|Clips recorded with PRS McCarty DC245 20th Anniversary into a Matchless Avalon 35 combo.|
To test the Brigadier, I used a Nick Huber Orca singlecut and a Vox AC30 reissue with the reverb switched off. With all knobs at noon, Mode set to medium, and Tap set to quarter notes, the Brigadier immediately showed what it was capable of, tonally. The pedal’s delay tone isn’t a dead-on representation of an old analog delay, but it has strengths beyond its analog ancestors. One of the biggest frustrations of older analog delays is how dull they can sound in a mix. The Brigadier has that cool, lo-fi vibe, but with a much stronger, healthier projection in its repeats. Even with the Bucket Loss control cranked to maximum, the delay tone was much more vibrant than most vintage and vintage-reissue analog delays I’ve come across. In their quest to craft a delay that captures prized analog tones while remedying their faults, Strymon seems to have come across a distinctive new sound. And the more I dug into the strings to push the envelope of clean fidelity, the more I was convinced that was the case. There are lots of analog delay modelers on the market, but most of them don’t provide the feel of playing a true analog delay. The Brigadier nails it. you’re in the market for a fantastic digital delay with a unique analog voice.
you’re in the market for a fantastic digital delay with a unique analog voice.
you’re after a softer analog delay tone with a mushier voicing.
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